Everyone wants to feel that their life has true meaning. At times, it can be easy to feel lost and unsure as to what your purpose is and if you are truly living up to your potential. As we age, these worries can become stronger, as we question if we accomplished everything we wanted in our lifetime. There are many challenges that come with aging that only increase these emotions.
What is assisted living?
Assisted Living is where your loved one would move into specialty housing where they are provided with various levels of care. This care can range from medication administration, grooming, dressing, meal preparation, and much more. These services are housed within the same facility as your loved one, so they are never without the support they need.
Assisted Living can be expensive, but when you find the right facility, it is so worth the peace of mind knowing that your family member is being well cared for. In addition to making sure their daily needs are met, assisted living facilities typically offer plenty of opportunities to socialize through meeting other tenants and trying new things.
When to Consider Assisted Living
It is important to consider an assisted living facility when your elderly loved one is no longer able to independently care for themselves. If they are routinely missing their medication doses, not able to get themselves through their daily bathroom routine, or are beginning to show cognitive decline, then it is critical that they receive help in their daily lives.
If you have been acting as the main caregiver, but are starting to struggle to keep up with your loved one’s ever-changing needs, then considering assisted living is a great option. Assisted Living can help you prioritize round-the-clock care for your loved one, while also prioritizing your own space and time away from them.
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Pros to Assisted Living
There are so many pros to choosing to put your aging family member in assisted living. For one, you won’t be taking on the stress of being the main caretaker. At first caring for an aging individual may sound simple, but the stress of trying to balance their increasing needs with your day-to-day life can quickly add up to be too much to manage.
If you leave your loved one to continue to try to care for themselves, you are risking them not taking their medications properly or getting hurt through a fall or another accident in their house. Putting them in assisted living means they are never without the support they need to be safe and secure.
It may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but social opportunities are a major pro of assisted living. Your loved one is probably missing some friends or maybe even a spouse that has previously passed. Plus, it is so much harder as we age to get to see our friends that live far away. Living in an Assisted Living facility means that there are a number of ways to make friends and try new things. Many facilities offer regular events and encourage tenants to get to know one another, so your loved one won’t be lonely whenever you are unable to visit.
We hope this helps answer why assisted living may be the right choice for your loved one. There are truly so many positives to choosing an assisted living facility. If you find yourself with more questions or would like to start the journey to finding the right facility, Suncrest Senior Living is always here to help.
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